The jury saw evidence which was embarrassing for Uber, however, including notes from Kalanick about "cheat codes" and a text message in which he told Levandowski to "burn the village".
In a stunning turn, Waymo and Uber have settled their self-driving trade secrets lawsuit on the fifth day of the trial. Anthony Levandowski, head of Uber's self-driving program, speaks about their driverless vehicle in San Francisco.
Waymo says that it will work with Uber to ensure its information isn't being utilized with Uber's Advanced Technologies Group.
SAN FRANCISCO - Uber has settled a lawsuit alleging that it ripped off self-driving auto technology from Google's autonomous vehicle division.
Uber is paying $245 million to Google's self-driving auto spinoff to end a legal brawl that aired out allegations of a sinister scheme that tore apart the once-friendly companies.
Unexpectedly, the two companies announced Friday a compromise to stop a trial that has kept the tech industry on high alert since the beginning of the week.
The deal also includes a guarantee that Uber will not incorporate confidential Waymo self-driving auto technology into Uber's hardware and software, a Waymo spokesperson said.
The settlement allows new Uber Chief Executive Dara Khosrowshahi to put another scandal behind the company after the tumultuous leadership of former CEO Travis Kalanick, who testified at the trial on Tuesday and Wednesday.
"My job as CEO of Uber is to set the blueprint for the company's future: innovate and grow responsibly, while recognizing and correcting the mistakes of the past", adds the new executive.
One of Waymo's former engineers, Anthony Levandowski, reportedly, according to Waymo, stole at the end of 2015 thousands of confidential documents before founding his own startup, Otto, later bought by Uber in the summer of 2016.
Uber and Waymo, a subsidiary of Alphabet / Google that specializes in autonomous vehicle technologies, reached an amicable agreement ending accusations of theft of patents made by the latter against the former.
Levandowski apologized to Uber employees for any distraction arising from the clash with Google.
But the prospect that a couple of Waymo employees may have inappropriately solicited others to join Otto, and that they may have potentially left with Google files in their possession, in retrospect, raised some hard questions.
As reported by BBC, Uber is now handing over 0.34% of its share which is worth around $245m (£177m) to Waymo. It was an early investor in Uber and, although it sold some of its stock late a year ago, it still holds a significant stake in Uber. Uber has plans to sell stock to the public sometime next year. Waymo had previously estimated damages in the case at about $1.9 billion, which Uber rejected.
Kalanick released a statement in which he was not almost as conciliatory as the man who succeeded him in Uber's top job. "Our sole objective was to hire the most talented scientists and engineers to help lead the company and our cities to a driverless future".
In a statement released Friday, Waymo - which had accused Uber of stealing numerous trade secrets that were embedded in Waymo's self-driving auto technology - said it believes the binding agreement will protect its intellectual property in the future.
Uber had on Monday offered to settle the case for US$490 million just before the start of the trial, but that agreement did not provide Waymo with enough assurances that its technology would not be improperly used, two people familiar with the thinking of both parties in the lawsuit said.